Rare 19th Century Original Boxing Book – “Art of Boxing” by William Edwards.
Lot 257. Rare 19th Century Original Boxing Book – “Art of Boxing” by William Edwards. The full title of Edwards’ 1883 book from Excelsior Publishing is “Art of Boxing and Science of Self-Defense, Together with a Manual of Training.” Topics of Edwards’ book of more than 100 pages range from breakfast diet and smoking to “in-fighting” and the Marquis of Queensberry Rules. Active as a boxer in the 1860s and 1870s, Edwards won the U.S. lightweight championship in 1868. He trained John L. Sullivan. He was elected to the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 2004. Edwards’ book, apparently published without a dust jacket, has his image on the cover. The book is vg. Winning Bid $102.